Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.
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Christmas Eve Service
This Sunday's Service
Holiday Fun
Tree of Life
Mental Health Ministry
Stone Garden Update
Adult Education
Board Meeting (Postponed)
Art Project
This Week on the Peak
Sunday Services Volunteers
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December 17, 2014

Season's Greetings!


As the holidays approach, stress levels increase -- sometimes from an abundance of joyful events, and sometimes from less happy sources -- family dysfunction, loneliness, health concerns, or isolation. While many people have a wealth of reasons to be filled with good cheer at this time of the year, the holidays can be real emotional minefields for others. Carols playing on department store sound systems can trigger painful or sad memories, traditions that are beloved in one family can be sources of grief or loss in others.


Holidays are stressful no matter what. Let's spend some time this month, and in the first weeks of the New Year, checking in with those around us to see how they are faring for the holidays. If possible, open your hearts and/or homes to those who might otherwise be feeling lonely.


In some cultures, there is a tradition of setting an extra place at the table during the holidays. I invite you to consider inviting someone into your home for some part of this season's celebrations. I also invite you to respect the boundaries of those who choose to spend some time alone for the holidays.


In short: let's be gentle with each other and with ourselves during the holidays. If people say "No, thank you," respect their boundaries. If you're lonely, reach out, if you can, and find a way to get some company in these weeks.


These are the days of holidays and holy days. Let us care for one another.


Happy holidays,


Christmas Eve Service
Be With Us on Christmas Eve

As always Mission Peak UU will hold a special candle light Christmas Eve service at 5 PM in Cole Hall on December 24.

It will include beautiful music by some of our own as well as our incredible pianist Eric, and plenty of classic Christmas hymns to sing-a-long to as well.  And when the night grows dark and the message and spirit have been shared, we will once again share the gift of candle light as we bring the evening to a close.

Everyone is encouraged to bring friends and out of town guests, we will always make room for more.

Reunion Eve Gathering for former RE Students

And also in keeping with our tradition, all returning graduates of the Mission Peak UU Religious Education program that are home visiting for the holidays are encouraged to come early to the Christmas Eve service to re-connect.  We will provide cookies and cider, so please spread the word, here are the details:

When: 4 PM on Christmas Eve
Where: Cole Hall
What: Cookies, Cider, and conversation
Who: Anyone who wants to reconnect with old friends from Mission Peak UU RE program.
This Sunday's Service -  December 21, 2014

The Secret Life of Santa    
Jolly old St. Nicolas has gone through a marketing relaunch over the years that would make even the most savvy Madison Ave PR exec jealous. Come learn the true origin story of this modren super hero and what it has to do with the history of Unitarian Universalism. People are encouraged to bring images of Santa they have to help adorn our altar.  
Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Dawn Fortune  Music will be provided by Peak Rocks.
Holiday Fun
Congregational Photo-A-Day Challenge

Join your fellow Mission Peak UU community in a holiday themed photo-a-day challenge. Think of it as a shared advent calendar for our eyes. Simply use the prompts below to inspire you to take a picture each day leading up to Christmas and post it to our congregational facebook page. If you would like to participate and are not on facebook, you can email your image each day to minister@mpuuc.org and I will post it for you. You can play along every day, or just whenever you feel moved. I can't wait to see the holiday season through all of your eyes!


Here is the list of prompts:


December 16 - Green

December 17 - Red

December 18 - Gift

December 19 - Joy

December 20 - Receiving

December 21- Giving 

December 22- Love

December 23 - Anticipation

December 24 - Candles

December 25 - Tradition


Have fun!




Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel


Tree of Life
Sharing our Joys and Sorrows

As Mission Peak UU continues to grow in size we will experiment with new ways to stay connected to each other.  The Tree of Life is one strategy growing congregations use to keep aware of the events that mark our lives.  Please email any submissions to the weekly Tree of Life to Sandra by clicking here. Submissions may be edited for clarity, appropriateness and space.

This week, the hearts and minds of Mission Peak UU hold these people and communities in our collected love:

- Those witnessing and showing solidarity at #blacklivesmatter protests across the country and here in the bay area.

- Everyone who helped make the Connections Counseling Center a possibility!

Peace and blessings be upon us all - Rev. Jeremy D Nickel
Mental Health Ministry
Mental Health Ministry - Winter Holiday Resources

Some find the Holiday season to be difficult in many ways.  If this season gets to you, here are some resources that may be helpful to you.


Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
Community Minister
Stone Garden
Stone Garden Update

Make 2015 the year you spend time in the Stone Garden. The schedule for January is now posted:




Saturday, January 10th 1-4pm

Sunday, January 18th 12:30-3:30pm

Saturday, January 24th 1-4pm

Sunday, February 1st 12:30-3:30pm


Learn about hugelkultur, help construct a green house or a lathe house, help sort through and organize recyclable materials. Something for all ages and abilities.


RSVP today!


Questions? Deanna Kosaraju dkosaraju@yahoo.com or (650) 346-8601

Adult Education
Adult Education Classes
Winter Quarter, 2015  

The Adult Education Committee is very pleased to offer these classes for the winter quarter, beginning in January. You may sign up for them using the signup sheets on Sunday mornings beginning December 7, or by calling Linda Messia at 510.792.1539.


Buddhist Meditation and Study Group

Eric Dittmar

Weekly on Thursdays; Jan. 8,15,22,29. Feb. 5,12,19,26. Mar. 5,12,19,26.


Improve your Improv!

Sarah Baskin & Allysson McDonald

Saturday, January 31, 1:30-3:00 p.m.


Reasoning From Principles Workshop

Paul Davis

Mondays: Feb. 2 & 16, March 2, 16 & 30; 7:30 - 9 p.m. 20 places.


Jesus - The Puzzle

Len Tiemann

3 Mondays, 7 - 9 p.m.; Jan. 19 & 26, and Feb. 9; 7 - 9 p.m.; 20 places.


50 Shades of Grey: Sex, Love & Relationships in the
21st Century


Dawn Fortune

3 Tuesdays; January 13 and 27, and February 10, 7-9 p.m.; 20 places.


Healthy, Raw, Vegan, Delicious Chocolate Desserts

Anjeli Lathi

One session, Sat., Feb. 28, 2:30 - 4:30; 8 places.


The Enneagram: Further Explorations

Linda Messia

5 Tuesdays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31. 7 - 9 p.m.


Health & Nutrition 101 - New Year Wellness

Dana Tran

One session: Saturday, Jan 24, 11 to 1. 20 places.

Board Meeting (postponed)
Mission Peak UU December Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board meeting has been rescheduled for December 18 at Mark Kahn's home at 7:00 p.m.

Members of Mission Peak UU are welcome to attend.  For a copy of the agenda, please contact President DeAnna Alm at president@mpuuc.org.


From Broken to Art
We need your broken junk!

In March we will be making a giant community art project together.  To do this, we will be piecing together the broken fragmented bits of plastic, glass, ceramic and porcelain that we collect over the next few months into a beautiful piece of art to hang behind the pulpit.

And we need to start collecting our materials now.  So over the next few months, when you break a dish or mug, or your child smashes apart an old toy, or your favorite earrings break - this is an opportunity to help out.  Save those broken bits and bring them in with you on Sunday to add to our "Broken Bits Bin" that will sit near the entrance to Cole Hall.

Thank you in advance!
This Week on the Peak
This Week on the Peak - December 31, 2014

Special Request:

Please send any announcements that you would like for This Week on the Peak December 31 edition by 8 pm December 30.

Thank you in advance.

Office Administrator
Sunday Services Volunteers
Sunday Services Committee

We are in need of a greeter on the 1st Sunday of the month to replace Robert Jensen.  We also still need people for the aesthetics team.  Please contact  Ursel Bloxsom, Sunday Services Team Coordinator, dsbloxsom@aol.com.


Community Office Hours
Rev. Nickel's upcoming dates

I am always interested in suggestions for new places, times and ways that this could work better for you, so if you have an idea, please drop me a line, it is as easy as clicking right here.  And of course I am also always available by personal appointment all days except Monday.

Thursday, January 8

4 PM - 6 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd

Wednesday, January 21

12 PM - 2 PM
32340 Alvarado Blvd
Union City 

Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

December 14

Newsletter Deadline
Jeremy's Coffee Hours 12-2 pm
Buddhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm
Worship Meeting 11:30-1 pm
Christmas Eve Service 5 pm

January 1

Who We Are

Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fremont was founded in 1993. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Mission Peak members determine its policies, choose its minister, and support it financially.


We affirm and promote these UUA Principles and Purposes:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in our society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

We invite you to join us and add your commitment to ours. Mission Peak is a living and changing congregation, responsive to the spiritual needs of its members. With the leadership of our minister, we search for ways to fulfill ourselves as individuals and as a community. Joining us is a commitment to this process. 


Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 545 Fremont, CA 94537-0545

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